Progreso, Mayans and Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza’s El Castillo, the anchorpiece of the ancient Mayan-Toltec civilization. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Once again, another blustery morning greeted Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom as we sailed into Progreso, Mexico. Unlike our evening departure from Cozumel, our arrival into the port at the northern tip of the Yucatan was bathed in brilliant sunshine that illuminated the water that glistened like sea-glass buried in some forgotten tropical beach.

Watching the sun rise over Carnival Freedom as we sailed into Progreso early this morning. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Watching the sun rise over Carnival Freedom as we sailed into Progreso early this morning. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A large outdoor observation area situated on Deck 10 forward provides some spectacular views. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A large outdoor observation area situated on Deck 10 forward provides some spectacular views. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sailing to Progreso. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sailing to Progreso. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today, I participated in Carnival’s massive 7-hour long tour to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Priced at $79.99 per person, the tour was supposed to kick off at 9:15 in the morning, but ended up being moved ahead by over an hour to 8:00 a.m. Guests were notified of this change at 7:00 a.m. via a phone call to their stateroom. In my case, I was up having breakfast and only discovered the change at 7:45 a.m. when I returned to my stateroom.

Photographing Towel Animal Seaside Theatre this morning. It turns out I should have been getting ready for my excursion, which was bumped up by an hour. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
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